The iPhone's 21 most important apps of the decade

The iPhone's most important apps

Apple's App Store forever changed the way people get software. It also turned the iPhone into a digital Swiss Army Knife and one of the most powerful tools that our species of tool builders has ever made. And it wasn't just an Apple story, of course, because what Apple made also had a profound influence on other platforms--most notably Android and Windows.

Among all of these great apps, there have naturally been some standouts that have made life better, given us new things we didn't know we needed, and entertained us in lots of new ways. In July, our sister site published a list of the iPhone apps that have made the biggest impact. You can read the list there, or you can view images of all the apps here. So let's count them down.

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By Jason Hiner

Jason Hiner is Editorial Director of CNET and former Editor in Chief of TechRepublic. He's co-author of the book, Follow the Geeks.